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Speaker: Christopher Currey, Associate Professor Iowa State

Session Title:  The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Into Hydroponics

Saturday, July 10  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Description:  Growing food crops hydroponically is increasing in popularity. From fruiting vine crop, leafy greens, small fruits, and even some root crops, hydroponic food production is providing new opportunities for greenhouse growers. But where to start? This session will take you through the essentials of growing hydroponic food to get you ready to grow. From structures and equipment, water and nutrients, and light and temperature, the requirements for crops will be discussed. 

Level: Fundamental            Type: Growing

Session Title:  Basics of Producing Culinary Herbs and Vegetable Transplants

Sunday, July 11  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Description:  Interested in growing vegetable transplants, potted culinary herbs, or producing fresh cut herbs in greenhouses, but are unsure of where to start? Contrary to popular belief, herbs are food crops and should not be grown like floriculture crops. This session will introduce you to greenhouse and indoor culinary herb production techniques for the novice grower. 

Level: Fundamental       Type: Growing

Session Speakers:

Christopher Currey, Associate Professor at Iowa State University
Roberto Lopez, Associate Professor at Michigan State University

Session Title:  Tips for Producing High-Quality, Non-Flowering, and Flavorful Culinary Herbs

Sunday, July 11  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Description:  This session will review the results of recent research on how light (intensity, quality and duration), carbon dioxide concentration, temperature, and nutrition interact and can be utilized in controlled environments to produce high-quality potted and cut culinary herbs. Learn how light intensity influences key basil volatile compounds and what consumers really desire. 

Level: Progressive        Type: Growing

Session Speakers:

Christopher Currey, Associate Professor at Iowa State University
Roberto Lopez, Associate Professor at Michigan State University

Christopher Currey

Associate Professor at Iowa State University 

Chris Currey is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He received his BS and MS in horticulture at the University of Minnesota and his PhD in horticulture from Purdue University. He has responsibilities in teaching, research, and extension in greenhouse and controlled environment crop production. His efforts focus on providing research-based best-management practices to support commercial producers of ornamental and food crops to improve productivity, profitability, and sustainability.

Horticulture is the Oldest Profession!  
For as long as humans have walked the earth, we’ve depended on plants for food, shelter, to act as environmental filters, and to simply make life more enjoyable. Without plants, life would cease to exist. And this important and necessary bond between people and plants carries on today…and that fortunate combination of plant science and artistic/practical application, for the expressed purpose of societal benefit is called horticulture.

Horticulturists grow fresh fruits and vegetables, plan and create beautiful landscapes, cultivate and maintain acres of turfgrass for recreation and function, breed new plants for pest resistance and environmental tolerance, and educate young and old alike about the many benefits of horticultural crops. Horticulture is a scientific pursuit…it’s a profession…it’s a passion…and it’s a necessity. Iowa, our nation, and the world needs horticulture and more horticulturists!

But horticulturists don’t grow on trees. In fact, becoming a horticulturist requires a unique educational journey that includes both classroom and laboratory training and practical, hand’s-on experiences. And the very best place in the world to receive that kind of education is right here in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. Expert and dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a welcoming and supportive educational environment are part of the horticulture experience at Iowa State…and it’s all here waiting for you.

Address:     106 Horticulture Hall Ames, IA 50011
Email:    iles@iastate.edu     Contact:   Christopher Currey, PhD
Phone:    515-294-2751   FAX:  515-294-0730


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